|What I read in 2018|
Apparently, according to my profile page, I started a Goodreads account in 2009. (Whaaaat?) That's ten years ago. (I know you can do the math. I just needed to emphasize it.) This is so annoyingly typical of me. I started the account, did nothing with it (although I know I added my 2017 books at some point, but they're not there), and now I look like a slacker. ("I've read 54 books in ten years! Woo-hoo!") Well, actually, it was 54-ish in 2018. (I say "-ish" because I abandoned a couple of these books mid-way through, but read enough each time that I wanted to remember them in my tally.)
I don't always make New Year's resolutions, but this year, I resolve to up my Goodreads game. I'm still not sure exactly what I want to put into it or get out of this. This is a work in progress.
I haven't rated any of these books; I'm not a fan of the star system. I want to talk about books, ad nauseum, not slap a possibly misleading grade on them. It doesn't do to say, "It's three and a half stars," (or do I mean four stars??) when what I mean is, "The writing was gorgeous. She made me want to steal a sentence every few pages. But the plot was improbable, and a number of incidents seemed too contrived. I'm willing to suspend disbelief, of course, but I wish (fill in plot point) had gone a different way. But I'm so glad I read it. It had heart and charm, humanity, and writing to die for. Or maybe, from my writerly point of view, to kill for."
I can't talk in stars.
If you're on Goodreads and want to friend me, please do! I'm not as slacker-y as I appear.
Here are a few of my favorites (to get us started), in no particular order, from 2018:
Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger
The Wednesday Wars, by Gary Schmidt (middle grade)
My Life in Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead
Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler
Love Walked In, by Marisa de los Santos
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene
Castle of Water, by Dane Huckelbridge
L.M. Montgomery's Pat of Silverbush books
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman
I Am, I Am, I Am, by Maggie O'Farrell
Tell Me More, by Kelly Corrigan
All of my 2018 books are here. See you on Goodreads?